Postage Due

If you’re mailing your taxes on Monday, make sure there’s enough postage on the envelope.

US postage rates set for 1.7% increase from Sunday

The US Postal Service is set to raise its prices on some of its mail services for the first time in nearly two years.

The rate rises do not affect Express Mail or Priority Mail, and will leave a basic one-ounce First Class Mail letter costing 44-cents.

Most of the changes are for commercial mail categories, including for First Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, package services and other services.

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The major changes for retail customers will include a three-cent rise in First Class Mail additional ounces (to 20c per ounce), a one-cent rise for First Class Mail postcards (to 29c) with stamped postcards going up to 32c, and a rise for letters or postcards bound for Canada and Mexico to 80c.

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Of course, even with this postage rate increase, the USPS will still run massive multi-billion dollar deficits every year.

/the postal service should be privatized and/or they should raise the postage rates to the level where they actually pay for the service provided, instead of sucking taxpayer money into a government run black hole

What The Hell Are They Thinking?

Is this really a good idea? Does Adolph Hitler really need to be put in “context”?

Germany’s first Hitler exhibition opens in nervous Berlin museum

A groundbreaking exhibition about Adolf Hitler opens in Berlin tomorrow, the first time since the war that a major museum has explored the relationship between the Führer and the German nation.

Hitler and the Germans: Nation and Crime, at Berlin’s German Historical Museum, has been praised for smashing taboos and opening afresh the debate about how Hitler managed so successfully to seduce a nation. “Whether we like it or not he remains our strongest trademark,” said Karl Schnorr, a 68-year-old retired engineer at the preview. “Maybe it’s time we shook him off, but first we need to understand how we fell for him so utterly.”

The opening coincides with a study published this week in which one in 10 Germans professed they would like a “Führer” figure to “govern Germany with a hard hand”, while 35% said they considered the country to be “dangerously overrun” with foreigners.

The exhibition sets out to explain how the persona of Hitler and his ideals infiltrated the furthest corners of Germans’ lives. Among the hundreds of exhibits are collections of Nazi memorabilia and propaganda, including beer mats, postcards, playing cards, lead soldiers and swastika lampshades.

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German Historical Museum
Hitler and the Germans. Nation and Crime

Is there not already enough history written about Hitler and the Nazi era? If you ask me, this exhibition is of dubious historical value and in questionable taste, especially in Berlin. Remember what happened the last time someone opened a Hitler display in Berlin? In my opinion, this is a bad idea, I don’t see what good can come of it.

/oh, and good luck trying to keep the neo-Nazis and skinheads from turning this Hitler exhibition into a shrine